Has anyone personally developed a system or found a software program that does a good job of quarantining photographs or managing the workflow?
Everything I try becomes clumsy when more than a few photos become involved.
I've found that if immediately download them all to a CD, rather than the hard drive that it raises the question of not immediately being able to save them to CD (without swapping disks continually) after editing them; obviously I don't want the edited "keepers" residing on the same CD that all the unedited shots are on. I will never feel comfortable batch editing or storing to a newly created folder because, ultimately, those folders need to be removed and I've already experienced the disaster of seeing hours of work destroyed through the inadvertent click of a mouse.
I don't trust any hard drive to store photographs forever; it's a delusion.
Paintshop insists on making copies of everything I try to permanently delete.
Picasa insists on cataloging the entire inventory, including those best forgotten, whether one wants it to or not; otherwise it has some NICE features for casual use.
Photoshop seems to have its own unique ways of being clumsy to use or maybe I just haven't found the magic feature that solves this problem.
I've tried "pre-selecting" those I want to transfer before editing but that isn't satisfactory either: photos that look bad in the thumbnail turn out to be great (or editable) and some that look great in the thumbnail turn out to be hopeless. The result is having to "entertain" them all.
If I create multiple new folders in Windows then I soon find out that I've gotten them confused or am pointing to the wrong one; I've tried using dates but that doesn't work well either once the inventory grows and memories of what was taken at any given point in time fade.
It just seems hard enough to crop and edit without having to spend a ton more time making sure the work is preserved.
I guess I just need a way to keep all the "unproven" ones totally and forever separated from the "proven" ones without any chance of them ever meeting or residing in the same place.